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scar·i·fy 1

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.

[Middle English scarifien, from Old French scarifier, from Late Latin scarīficāre, alteration of Latin scarīfāre, from Greek skarīphāsthai, to sketch, scratch, from skarīphos, pencil, stylus; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scar·i·fy 2

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
To scare.


n. escarificación, acto de hacer punturas o raspaduras en la piel.
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And the end of it is, father, what I told you all along," cries Penelope, finishing me off with a last scarification, the hottest of all.
At this time of year, the ground temperature is warmer than the air temperature which speeds up recovery from aeration and scarification.
We should learn the lesson of patience, tolerance and scarification from Muharram ul Haram as such if we act accordingly, we can maintain peace and brotherhood among all the sections of the society, DCO said.
Scarification can be done with a spring-tine rake by vigorously pulling it through the grass.
A face might be embellished with concentric rows of broken lines, like scarification.
On the occasion the relatives of the martyred police personnel attended the ceremony and they expressed satisfaction over their scarification for the cause of the safeguard of the country.
Nevertheless, different treatments such us scarification, stratification and addition of different chemical substances are commonly used to promote germination and break dormancy in several species [5,6].
John became so connected to the culture that he was initiated into a local tribe through "crocodile scarification," an ancient and harrowing ritual of scarring the body to represent the sacred crocodile.
I think it will be useful if we propogate the rights of children because [in] most of our (South Sudanese) culture we are still practicing harmful social and cultural practices," said Adigo citing scarification and the removal of teeth.
The experimental groups (10 chickens per group) were inoculated by scarification of the wing and skin scarification into the feather folliculus pili by using purified virus containing 200 50% egg infectious doses of the virus.
Some of the most recent work he's had done on his face is called scarification.
Lulua figures are often defined by their portrayal of scarification marks, and have become very collectable.